Did you know that if you hold the “option” key instead of “shift” while trying to type an exclamation point you get an upside-down exclamation point? ¡Ay caramba!

No, that doesn’t relate to the post at all—I just accidentally pressed “option” instead of “shift” while typing the title, and lo and behold! An upside down exclamation point¡ Seriously, I had no idea you could do that.

Ahem. Menni here! So, let’s begin with the backstory behind the post: in my Classical Conversations class this year- last year?- IN THE SCHOOL YEAR THAT HAS EITHER RECENTLY ENDED OR WILL SOON END *ahem* anyways, there was a person in my class who was very persistently polite. If you happen to be sitting next to him (and are not currently engaged in conversation), he WILL engage you in conversation. And the point is: this made me realize how much I actually appreciate being conversed with. I mean, even when my introvert brain is going “I just wanna think, lemme alooooooone,” I really appreciate it. It makes you feel like people CARE, you know? Therefore, I (a quiet, antisocial, nontalkative person *except for when I’m tired, in which case I turn into the chatterbox of the century*) have started to put conscious effort into The Art of Making Conversation.

So I figured I might as well share my tips on The Art of Making Conversation. Enjoy! (and if you stick around to the end, you will get the Xtreme course: The Art of Making Crazy Conversation 😉)

Tip #1: Have a List of Questions

This is a very important tip! Questions are key parts of any conversation, people. If you have natural talent for thinking of relevant/intelligent questions on the spot, you may skip this step. (Also, we mere mortals gaze at you in humble awe.)

Here is a sample list:

    • How are you?
    • Have you read any good books lately?
    • What is your name?
    • Are you doing anything this week?
    • Do you agree that Rise of Skywalker NEVER HAPPENED? (also, it’s a horcrux) (wayfinder) (horcrux) (wayfinder) (horcrux…) *YWAI inside joke, sorry. Check out this post for explanation—read all the way to the end*
    • How are your parents/siblings/friends or other relatives?
    • What are your hobbies?
    • Quack?
    • Do you follow Yes, We Are Insane? (because you should 😉)

Obviously, which questions you use would depend on how well you know the person you’re talking to. For instance, if you’re talking to a total stranger, I would go with “What is your name?” rather than “Quack?” Conversely, if you’re talking to your best friend, you can probably go with “Quack,” and you DEFINITELY shouldn’t use “What is your name?” (unless you have amnesia or something XD)

Tip #2: Use the List!

Yes, you do have to actually ask those questions. Merely having a list will not start a conversation—surprise!

(I mean, you don’t necessarily have to use the questions I suggested. Just use some questions. Quack?)

Tip #3: Repeat Until Successful

This tip means: don’t let the conversation die. If the person with whom you are conversing is anything like me, they will A) give short answers to your questions, B) not ask YOU any questions, C) be easily distracted, and D) invent a villain character who is an evil undying duck (commonly know as the Evil Undying Duck, or EUD) and name possessed time-stopping cars Rosalind and Mortimer (not that those last things are actually relevant to conversation XD). All of these things will tend to kill a conversation dead in less than a minute! Well, DON’T LET THEM. Just keep coming up with more questions. And more questions. And more questions.

Eventually, you can start edging towards common rant topics (such as Rise of Skywalker), and sooner or later you’ll hit something that this person loves to rant about. Which will solve your “don’t let the conversation die” problem!

Of course, you may end up with a new “how do I make this conversation stop” problem, but who really cares about that?


And there you go! You are now fully equipped to make conversation with anyone, anywhere, at any time! Except with an inanimate object (let’s face it, that cactus is not going to talk back), in a vacuum (the scientific kind, not the cleaning kind, though come to think of it both types might make conversation difficult), and/or after your death or before your birth (unless you have a time machine).

Now for the Xtreme course: The Art of Making Crazy Conversations!!!!!!!!

Tip #1: Have Friends

This is very important, kids. You can’t have crazy conversations unless you have crazy people to have them with!

Tip #2: Talk!

Now that you have your crazy people, get together and say whatever comes to mind!

Tip #3: that’s literally it

Yes… this is exactly what we do. We have crazy friends (trust me), we get together, we talk. And you blog-readers seem to think this is funny! As a sneak peek into our inner lives… hmmm, what’s the most recent postable thing on our Hangouts thread?

ME: I need another word for “call” as in “communicate loudly due to distance or noise constraints”
ME: “yell” and stuff like that just sounds too violent 

GENNI: Projected?
GENNI: Might be awkward, but could work!

ME: mmmm… maybe…
ME: Any other ideas?
ME: Thanks, by the way XD

GENNI: Hail?
GENNI: Is shout with “yell and stuff”?

ME: yes it is XD

GENNI: Exclaim? 
GENNI: I’m getting desperate

ME: I was desperate already 😜
ME: there just really isn’t anything else that means the same thing

ME: Buuuut that doesn’t mean I can use the word “call” like three times in two paragraphs
ME: sadly

GENNI: Sadness…

Hmm, Enni wasn’t featured in that. Lemme find something with Enni. Umm… none of this is particularly funny… ENNI COME ON SAY SOMETHING HILARIOUS

Well, here’s some out-of-contextly hilarious stuff from the thread that’s just Enni and me XD

ENNI: okay I have confirmed that the horse did not make it to revolutionary war Boston

ME: Oh right I’d forgotten about that trip XD
ME: Richmond was so great

ENNI: I knowwww he was
ENNI: and no, the horse did not make it to Asia

ME: See, I was right again! XD


No, I’m serious—that’s actual conversation. It actually relates to the Evil Undying Duck who I mentioned earlier. MWAHAHA NOT EXPLAINING 😈

Oh, and here’s my absolute favorite out-of-contextly hilarious exchange from the thread that’s just GENNI and me XD

ME: Overly Neutral Or Most Aggressive: Two Options, Perfect For Our Esteemed Influencer (Amazon)

GENNI: Thank you!

That one relates to the story Genni’s writing. I love coming up with random acronyms XD Like, I Lollygag-On-Various-Extras it!

It’s so Completely-Over-Other-Languages, if you know what I mean 😉

But I think ONOMATOPOEIA is my favorite that I’ve ever invented.

Anyways, hope you enjoyed!


P.S. quack?

I’m Back! …With an Update…

this is Genni

Happy Memorial Day, everyone! Today I bring to you yet another update on the progress of Lost In Camden, the story I’m writing. I know I said it would be done in June (at least I think that’s what I said…), but from now on the completion date will be “to be determined”. I honestly have no idea when it will be done, so apologies for getting your hopes up. As a substitute, please accept these humble drawings of my characters by your very own Menni and I. (Please excuse the oddness of my art, I’m still trying to figure out both how to draw digitally and what in the world my style is XD)

Mayna – Genni

Mayna – Menni

Gunner – Genni

Gunner – Menni

And there you go—the two main characters!


Q&A craziness!!!

Hey, people! Menni here. So, as I’m sure at least three of you recall, a few weeks ago Genni posted an announcement that we would be doing a Q&A post and asked for your questions.

And three of you – Spark {Sara} Abbott, That One Crazy Girl *great name, BTW 😁*, and my youngest brother (Buddy Boy) – actually gave us questions! Woohoo!

*sigh* and to think, in the very first post where we asked for comments (THE FIRST Google Translate QUOTE CHALLENGE!), eight people answered. Eight. SO MANY. Sigh… and Quote Challenge was such a fun series…

Frankly, I just enjoyed destroying quotes by overworking a translating app. It’s SO FUN. Allow me to demonstrate. Here is what I will be translating (from The Princess Bride):

WESTLEY: I mean, what are the three terrors of the Fire Swamp? One, the flame spurt – no problem. There’s a popping sound preceding each; we can avoid that. Two, the lightning sand, which you were clever enough to discover what that looks like, so in the future we can avoid that too.
BUTTERCUP: But Westley, what about the R.O.U.S.’s?
WESTLEY: Rodents Of Unusual Size? I don’t think they exist.
*a Rodent of Unusual Size attacks him*

And here is what it turned into, after a mere seven layers of translation:

WESTLEY: I marvel that you are so bitter they see in the swamp, there are three things in the sky? It is rubbish. It is good. There is a sound in the presence of them all: that we can not avoid. Secondly lightning strike you that it can be wise to avoid in the future.
BUTTERCUP: But Westley, what is ROSE?
WESTLEY: A very large rats? I guess I did not.
*Very large Chuan attack*

For maximum hilarity, picture the characters actually saying this. And no, I don’t know what a “Chuan attack” is.

But I digress. On to the actual post!


do you guys know each other in real life? 

M: Indeed we do! All three of us go to the same church, and we’ve been besties for… gosh it feels like forever, but I guess it’s only been a couple of years XD
I mean, I’ve known Genni all my life, but as a trio we’re relatively recent. It just doesn’t feel that way. (Correct me if I’m wrong, guys)

G: I’m not sure if i’ve known M or E longer… Either way, i’ve known both of them for a while, so I kinda think I was the one who brought us together. Maybe?

E: Yeah, that sounds right 😛

how did u meet? 

M: Ummm… like I said, I’ve known Genni my whole life and… how DID I meet Enni? It was just that she was Genni’s friend and I was Genni’s friend, right? *shrugs* I DON’T KNOW ANYTHING OKAY

G: as i was saying, i think that is how it went XD

E: I wasn’t friends with Menni when I first met her…I only became her friend through Genni which turned out to pay off very well XD

are you all teens? 

M: yes (see our bios for further details)

G: in body, but not in spirit 😁

E: I mean, how else can I respond? 😛

how did you come up with the idea of the blog name? 

M: It was all my idea. *bows* XD it really was, though… we were just all hanging out and chatting and for some reason our insanity came up and I was like “yes, we are insane!” and then I was like “ooh that would be a great blog title!” and then I bugged Enni and Genni mercilessly until they agreed to do it. We also picked our blog names in that conversation (I think): Enni was just going to go by Enni, and Genni already went by Genni25… and then they wanted us to rhyme, so, since my real name starts with “M,” we decided I could be Menni. *sigh* I’m reconciled to the name now, but come on. Menni. Why Menni? NO ONE IS NAMED MENNI.
Anyways, that was the real start of us as a trio, and I am VERY glad we did it. 😁

G: I think us all actually agreeing to a blog came a bit later at a sleepover… Menni doesn’t remember that part 😋

M: maybe that was just when I finally got you to AGREE… I’m positive the IDEA came at a church thing 

E: I vaguely remember designing the blog and I think it WAS decided at a church thing but then we wrote a post together at a sleepover

do y’all have personal blogs?

M: I do! It’s called “Camera Dolls.” And my sincere apologies to everyone who’s tried to view it… when I made it two… three?… years ago, I was only allowed to let people I personally knew on it. That’s probably changed now…
M: Of course, I haven’t POSTED anything on it for like two years XD. But if I started letting more people view it I’d probably post more!

G: nope, sorry. I’m currently working on an online store (which i will definitely post about one it’s done!)

E: Yup! which I took an unannounced hiatus on lately because I don’t have anybody to keep me accountable 😛

BUDDY BOY asked:

What is your favorite post/series you did? 

M: WHY BUDDY BOY WHY THE HARD QUESTIONS ummmm… parodies (this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, and this *whew, I’ve written a LOT of parodies*) are always fun… but so was Enchanted Forest, but so was Night at the Ball (installments 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6), but so was the DramaDolls stuff (this, this, this, and this), but so was And Harry Laughed (But Not Until Page 125)… let’s just go with ALL OF THEM. Except maybe our very first posts. (good grief, did I really have NO idea what I was doing?)
M: Oh, and I forgot about Happyland: the Musical! Man, that one was fun. (unlike my computer keyboard, which likes to double letters. Example: “was” becomes “waas” like half the time. 😒)
M: And Koko! (chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12) How could I forget Koko?

G: WHY SO HARD *runs around screaming for a while* okee, I HAVE SO MANY. Wait, do I have to have been directly involved in them?

M: let’s go with no

E: Goodness, this is hard. Enchanted Forest was loads of fun.

M: Genni, did you want to give any favorite posts/series?

G: Gak! Sorry! Ummm… I don’t know what it would be… 😂
G: Actually, if anything, that post you made about Insane Young Ladies. That was hilarious… XD


What are your hobbies?

M: sheesh, you’re my BROTHER, shouldn’t you already know? Anyhoo, I like to read, swing, draw, write, write parodies, sing, act, be a camerawoman (with my OWN VIDEO CAMERA), procrastinate, start things I don’t know how to finish (example: the Story That Wouldn’t Die), and be insane. 

G: maybe he’s asking for the rest of us? I always have the worst time answering this question… Let’s see, drawing, jewelry making, i’ll probably most definitely get into photography once i get a phone, anything artsy/crafty, sleeping, keeping myself up wayyy too late, ukulele/violin/piano/singing, yeah that’s about it XD

E: Ohhh Buddy Boy is your brother. Ah, I see. I don’t remember my hobbies anymore because now I have too much school. 😛 I do like embroidery though.


Favorite book series? favorite movie?

M: I repeat: WHY THE HARD QUESTIONS?? Er… favorite book series probably Lord of the Rings, 100 Cupboards, Ashtown Burials, or Narnia. Wow, I narrowed that down to just 4! I’m so impressed with myself! *after writing this, I have remembered The Ordinary Princess by M.M. Kaye, which totally makes the top 5 of my Favorite Books list* Favorite movie: this one’s legit impossible. Here are some of my favorite movies, though! Pirates of Penzance, How To Train Your Dragon, Rogue One, Princess Diaries, Aladdin (both of them), Zootopia, The Sound of Music, Princess Bride, Pirates of the Caribbean (only the first one), the Parent Trap (only the first one), Tangled, the Lego Movie… okay, I’ll stop now. Princess Bride should really be first; I guess maybe that’s my all-time favorite? Maybe?? 

G: GAKARIFIC, BUDDY!!!!! Again, a question I have the worst time answering… Books serieses are, Queen’s Thief, Alcatraz vs. theEvil Librarians, Beyonders (and anything Brandon Mull), Wingfeather Saga (should actually be first on this list), AND SO MANY MORE. Moving on! Movies, LOTR (SORRY TO BOTH MENNI AND MY PARENTS THE BOOKS ARE BETTER I SWEAR I JUST ALSO LIKE THE MOVIES), Hunt for Red October, Signs, Fantastic Beasts, And then because i have a little brother i watch a lot of animated movies so Big Hero 6, How to Train Your Dragon (1), I’m sure there’s others, but my memory is AWFUL at 7 in the morning. 

M: ooh yes, I forgot about Queen’s Thief!! (Though I guess it wouldn’t make the VERY top of my list… mostly because of the last book…) And Big Hero 6 — I LOVE Big Hero 6!

E: Don’t worry, G, the LOTR movies did them pretty good. 😛 Oh goodness. I can’t think right now. I like most of the ones that G and M already said. I honestly can’t remember a single book series off the top of my head right now but movies…agh, same. I KNOW THAT I’M CHEATING ON THIS QUESTION. Wait, wait–I do absolutely adore the movie Ratatouille. I can’t even say why it just speaks to my soul and I would fight to the death for it. 

M: ok, yes, the LOTR movies did relatively well… but PLEASE DON’T TEMPT ME TO RANT ABOUT THEM ENNI PLEASE


Last but not least, what is your favorite thing you have done?

M: ARRRRGGGHHHH THE HARD QUESTIONS WON’T STOP WHHHHYYYYYYY *ahem* I really don’t know, Buddy Boy. “Favorite” is a very hard word. 
M: I’ll let you know if I think of something.

G: wait, like ever? Wow… uhhh….Yeah, let me wake up before i answer that XD

E: Wait what


When did you all meet?

M: I’ve technically known Genni all my life (ok, all HER life, since I’m older), but we didn’t become super-great friends until I was… ten? Eleven? Wow, I’m BAD at dating memories. It feels as though I’ve known Enni all my life XD, but really we’ve only been friends for uhhh three… four? Five? absolute minimum of two since our blog is roughly two years old… years. She was Genni’s friend before she was mine; I was a bit of a conniving brat in my younger years, so both of them showed great good taste and steered clear. (Genni was nice to me all along, though—Genni is nice to EVERYBODY.)

G: I think I’ve known Enni since I was 7 and Menni since I was 9-ish? Whenever her family joined our co-op if i remember rightly.

E: Oh, definitely longer than three years. I’m pretty sure that I met Genni when I was 4.


Do you all know each other IRL?

M: *see Sara’s first question*

G: *see Menni’s answer*

E: Do I have to say anything? 


Favorite KotLC book? (Mine is Nightfall btw)

M: Hmmm, I haven’t read them in a while… Probably Exile, because I feel like the author had figured out her writing style but not yet devolved to “gosh I like the characters so the plot can go out the window” (I actually sympathize with that a lot, it’s my own main writing weakness XD). Also because KEEFE!

G: apology in advance. I  REALLY DID NOT LIKE THEM I’M SORRY. I read the first two and a half before Sofie got on my nerves wayy too much. I liked the story and most of the other characters, but SOFIE. 

M: “s-o-p-h-i-e,” FYI, and yes nobody really likes her XD

E: Yeah, I relate to M


Favorite color?


G: I used to drive Enni crazy because mine would change roughly every two months 😂 Currently, I have several: Gold, rose pink, and army green.

M: “army green”… you know, Genni, that sounds a lot less weird if you call it OLIVE green…

E: Blue, sage green, dusty pink, periwinkle blue


Favorite emoji?

M: difficult question… 🤔  honestly I like a lot of emojis 😜 they’re just so fun 😁 maybe this one? 😈
M: I bet Enni’s favorite is this one 😛 XD
M: Oh wait, does XD count? If so, then that.

G: 🤔🔥😱🤯🛠😉 tada
G: i think all of these 😂🤣😁😋😜❤🤯😊🤦‍♀️

M: facepalm is a good one…

E: HA YOU’RE WRONG. 🥰🦙🧬🥯🧇🍿🍱🥡🍝🥧🍦…I like really detailed emojis, to summarize


And… why did you all start blogging? Is there a deeper reason other than, I wanted to?

M: …honestly, we started THIS blog because I came up with the name and then bugged Genni and Enni until they agreed XD. I started my OTHER blog because 1) Enni had blogs, and 2) I love the blog Delightful World of Dolls, and imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. 

G: I was pressured. End of story. (just kidding XD)

E: Well, it all began when one morning we first embarked on a deep, emotional journey. After agonizing tears and heartwarming laughter, we came up with this blog as a form to emit our dark, crazy selves which the world rejected but the online community accepted. This blog has been our light in dark times, our shoulder to cry on when people mock us but–no. This blog was mostly for kicks and giggles. 


τhατ’s ιτ!


Oh and: do you like anime?? What’s your fave one? (Mine is obviously BNHA )

M: I don’t watch that much anime, but I absolutely LOVE it as an art style, and I’ve really enjoyed the anime things I have watched (the series Ronja the Robber’s Daughter *BEST BOOK TO MOVIE ADAPTION EVER!!!*, the movie Howl’s Moving Castle *significantly fewer points on the whole book-to-movie thing, but still good*, and the first episode of Avatar: the Last Airbender *may I just say XD*). For a favorite out of those three, Ronja all the way!!! It’s one of my favorite things EVER because it proves that YES YOU CAN ACTUALLY TURN A BOOK INTO A MOVIE WITHOUT RUINING THE PLOT OR DESTROYING THE CHARACTERS 😱 AHHH THE JOY!
M: Some of those may be technically manga instead of anime… I honestly don’t know what the difference is 🤷‍♀️
M: so now, being myself, I have to look it up. *googles “difference between manga and anime”* ohhhh that’s cool… apparently they refer to medium and not art style: manga is comic books/graphic novels, and anime is animation
M: you learn something new every day

G: i’m more likely to read/draw manga, but like Menni I adore the style! I do have several friends that really want me to watch Attack on Titans, so i probably will at some point 😁
G: would you really categorize Avatar as anime? I guess that makes sense. I still need to show you the rest of those…

M: just buy me a DVD of them for my birthday XD

E: I’ve never watched any so I can’t say 😛

And that’s it! (Genuinely this time XD)

You would not BELIEVE how long it took me to embed all those links for my favorite posts… (No, that wasn’t an attempt to guilt you into clicking on them. Why would I want to guilt you into clicking on them? It’s not like they’re my favorite posts, some of them lying alone and forgotten in the archives of our blog…)

Hope you enjoyed!


SAVING THE WORLD (by flying planes)

Hey, people! Menni here.

We got a fair number of likes on our last saving-the-world post, so I’m going to continue the series. As promised, we are now saving the world from carnivorous birds!

After we had finished discussing our last world-saving plan, I told Enni that it was her turn to give us a ridiculous task and then figure out why it would save the world.

Enni said “fly around the world.”

Me: I’m dead.

Enni: ok, yeah. umm… you have a deaf and blind pilot who can teach you how to fly.

Me: That’s a bit better. Do I have a time limit?

Enni: Three days. *the absolute record time is a little over 46 hours, FYI*

Me: I’m dead.

Enni: ok, a week.

Me: That’s a bit better…

So we went through a lot of that and finally figured that with our deaf-and-blind instructor’s tutelage, plus infinite fuel, food (airline snacks only, Enni decided), and water, we could probably fly around the world. Aaaand then it was time to figure out why.

Enni: ok, these carnivorous birds have overrun the world and they chase anything that flies.

Me: which is why we’re the ones who have to do the flying-around-the-world part, since everybody else is too scared to go within ten miles of an airfield. And that’s why we have our deaf-and-blind pilot, he has no idea what’s happening. But wait… why will flying around the world stop the birds?

Enni/Genni: Ummmm…

Me: ooh, duh, we’re collecting all the birds so that we can bring them to a space center and then we’ll launch a space shuttle and the birds will follow the space shuttle into space and die!

Enni/Genni: Oooookay!

Me: and now we come to the delicate question of who’s going to fly the space shuttle, because, y’know, they’ll probably die.

Genni (very Genni-ish-ly) volunteered, but she got overruled in the end because we decided that our extra person (there are three of us: one flies around the world, one flies the space shuttle, and one does..?) was going to drive to the nearest astronaut or whoever and get instructions as to HOW to fly the space shuttle, and obviously the diplomatic person should be Genni.

That was our working plan before my brother (we’ll call him Bear) got involved: Enni flies around the world and probably dies, Genni drives to an astronaut and probably survives, and I fly a space shuttle and almost certainly die. Yeah… we were not overly happy with this plan. But then Bear came up and was like “what are you talking about?” and since he actually knows a decent amount about both planes and space, that turned out to improve our survival probability SIGNIFICANTLY. We didn’t have time to figure that out while talking after church, but Bear and I kept talking over the week, and we discovered that A) the person flying around the world kinda needs a copilot, since they can’t stay awake for that long, B) nobody actually needs to be IN the space shuttle in order to launch it (also we shouldn’t fly the space shuttle, because there are cooler, more effective, and more autonomous things to fly), and C) Bear does technically know how to fly a plane and, if you don’t have to refuel or avoid other air traffic, it’s not THAT difficult. Naturally, I hastened to inform Enni and Genni of this pleasant turn of events, so poor Google Hangouts had to process this message:

Ok, we’ve been getting a reasonable number of likes for SAVING THE WORLD (the ywai post), so I think we should go ahead and do one for the carnivorous-birds scenario! Here is what we know about that thus far:
THE TASK: Fly a plane around the world
THE SCENARIO: Carnivorous birds (that have the ability to match speed to any other flying object) have overrun the world. The birds will act like normal predators when dealing with stuff on the ground, but they WILL chase the largest flying object they can see until they destroy it or they die. We (Genni, Enni, Bear, and myself) are literally the only people willing to go with ten miles of an airfield for this reason. Everyone else is kind of holed up in homes and bomb shelters and whatnot.
OUR ASSETS: a plane (any type of plane we want) with infinite fuel, water, and airline snacks; a deaf and blind pilot as our, uh, flight instructor for the plane; a SpaceX Cargo Dragon that is prepared for launch (they were about to launch it when the birds showed up) except for the fuel; and a workable car (though this does not have infinite fuel).
OUR PLAN: (this has been altered somewhat by Bear and myself, so if you have objections let me know) Two people, presumably Bear plus Enni or myself, will fly around the world so that the birds will chase them. They will thus collect all of the birds and lead them to our SpaceX launch pad. Meanwhile (we’ve got time, flying around the world will take a while), one person, probably Genni, will drive our car to somebody who knows how to launch the Cargo Dragon and get instructions. The one remaining person will hang around at base and follow the instructions relayed by the car-driving person in order to launch the space vehicle. (Which, incidentally, now has the LOWEST possibility of death, since as Bear pointed out they don’t have to actually be IN the space-thing in order to launch it.) When the plane-flying people make it back to the base, the launcher person will launch the space rocket…”

“…then the birds will follow the rocket into space and die from lack of oxygen. Thus, we will have saved the world!”

*twenty minutes later* “Ok, we’ve decided that I’ll be Bear’s copilot”

GENNI: Sounds great, BTW 😂

ME: Quite a while XD
ME: I don’t recall ever having hit the 2000 character limit before 😂

GENNI: There’s a 2000 character limit??? Now that’s impressive…

ENNI: 🤯 that’s impressive XD
ENNI: I made this poster 😛
ENNI: *enni’s poster*

ME: XDD nice
And then Bear and I kept talking, now about what would happen if we crashed… basically, if the tail of the plane breaks off, all we can do is jump out with parachutes and hope for the best. However, there is definitely strategy involved when you add carnivorous birds to the equation. You see, if the plane hits the ground before we do… we’ve just become the largest flying objects in the air. Ouch. So we want the plane to crash as slowly as possible, which means Bear tries to keep it more or less level, and WE want to fall as fast as possible for as long as possible. We shouldn’t even deploy our parachutes until we absolutely need to.
Of course, as I somewhat morbidly realized, I might be fine even if the plane beat us to the ground, because Bear is both taller and heftier than I am, so he would be the biggest flying object. That’s not very comforting, though… let’s hope we make it to the ground before the plane does.
But whether we did or not is more or less irrelevant to the plan.
ME: Additional question: supposing Bear and I fail? You get a radio message from one of us that says basically “our plane is in an uncontrolled descent, we’re gonna jump out and hope we survive, good luck on your own.” So he and I are pretty much useless even if we did survive, and the team has been reduced to two people. What do you do NOW?
ME: With any luck you have another infinite-fuel plane…
ENNI: please don’t fail XD
ENNI: um
ENNI: do you still have the blind and deaf pilot?
ME: Yes, because we decided not to bring him (he was just taking up valuable cabin space XD)ME: So he’s still an asset for you guys

ENNI: hmmmENNI: okay so we have another infinite fuel plane
ENNI: we need somebody in plane but genni and I are already busy with the space shuttle and getting instructions…
ENNI: we get the pilot to be by the space shuttle
ENNI: and we communicate to him by while one of us flies the plane, dropping feathers onto his head

ME: That works I guess XDME: Bear and I were either more or less practical, depending on you look at it: we thought you and Genni would take over as pilot and copilot, fly around the world collecting birds as planned, and then have one of you parachute out when you reached the base
ME: Then the other person would fly around to keep the birds there while you got the launch set up

GENNI: I like your poster, Enni XD
GENNI: And the plan sounds good!
And thus we saved the world by flying planes! (and space rockets… and we’re driving cars again… oh well, we did save the world so whatever.)
Also, I offer my sincere apologies to the two people who submitted questions for the Q&A post – we ARE working on that, I swear. It’s coming.
(enormous shoutout to those two people, BTW. If it hadn’t been for your wonderfully submitted questions, we WOULDN’T be working on it XD So, thanks, guys! 😃)

SAVING THE WORLD (by driving cars)

Hey, people! Menni here.

No, we didn’t literally save the world. Sheesh. We were just talking about theoretically saving the world. From a time warp. That’s MUCH less crazy.

So! Enni and I were talking after church today, and for some reason we started talking about eternal youth (I believe the starter question was “How young would you have to eternally be for eternal youth to NOT be a good thing?”), which led to a discussion about how old someone has to be before they’re OLD, which led to a discussion about when “middle-age” starts (I know you’re wondering when we get to the whole saving-the-world thing; don’t worry, it’s coming), which led to a discussion about when you stop being a “kid,” which (since I said “sixteen” and Enni said “oh, because you can drive?”) led to a discussion of driving, which led to the question “If we had to drive two normal cars around a racetrack, would we be able to do it? And if not, who would crash first?”

To which Enni said something like, “I would probably crash first. And why are we driving around a racetrack again?”

To which I said, “To save the world.”

Enni: Wow, that’s dramatic. Do we have a time limit?
Me: Uhh, let’s say no. Let’s also say we have infinite fuel. Maybe, since I can technically drive, I would just drive you to the end and then walk back and drive your car to the end.
Enni: or we could just drive really slow
Me: that would work too
Enni: Why does this save the world again?
Me: *promptly* Because everything except the sun is frozen in time, so if we don’t end the time freeze one side of the earth will burn and the other side will freeze. The cars are causing the time freeze, so they’re not frozen, and the racetrack is like their homeland, so it’s not frozen either. That’s why we don’t have any help. And we can’t go off the racetrack because then WE would freeze in time… but the cars would keep going so we would probably crash and die… oh, and I guess we do have a time limit since we don’t have any food or water: we have to do this in three days. I guess I’m not going to have time to walk back to the start then. Unless it rains. If it rains we could, like, collect water in our car’s cupholders or something. 
Enni: …wow… I don’t know how to turn on the windshield wipers.
Me: I could probably show you. Oh, duh, I could give you a crash course-
Enni: pun intended
Me: pun totally intended. I could give you a crash course in driving before we start, and then we would both be fine.

Genni: *comes over*
Genni: What are you talking about?
Me: We’re saving the world by driving around a racetrack. 
Genni: …oh? That sounds like you.
Me: *explains*
Genni: I know how to drive, I would be fine. *she’s not old enough to legally drive XD*
Enni: oh good, we can still save the world.
Me: yay! 

This is a very, very, VERY condensed version of our conversation, but oh well. 

We thought this might turn into a decent post series (somebody thinks of something crazy for us to do, and then we decide why it’s going to save the world, and then we decide how we would do it), so if you guys want us to do that let us know! We already (during the same conversation) may have saved the world from carnivorous birds. I say “may have” because it was kind of a more difficult assignment (flying planes and launching space shuttles, that sort of stuff), so there’s the potential that A) we succeeded but at least one of us died in the process, B) we succeeded but all of us died in the process, or C) one or more of us died and we FAILED.  

Give this post a “like” if you want to hear about the birds-plane-space-shuttle-potentially-deadly thing! 

Hope you enjoyed!
P.S. no, I have NOT stopped being a kid even though I’m sixteen. I’m a special case.

Special Announcements! (Whee!)

Hello, all, and welcome back to YWAI! Genni here, sounding like a news reporter for no apparent reason, with several special announcements! Ready? Good.

  1. I’m pleased to say that we actually have several projects in the making! You already know of the story I’m writing (which is probably not going to be the best since I’m not a ridiculously good writer 😜), but we also have a group story going on! No hints, though.
  2. There is no two, three items just looks best…

  3. Q&A!!!! I’m sooo excited for this!!! Here’s how it will work;
    -You guys will comment any questions you have about/for us (we will need at least 6 questions in order to do this so PLEASE THINK OF AT LEAST ONE QUESTION!!!)
    -We’ll answer them! Fairly simple, right?

I hope you’re as excited about it as I am!

See you next time!


Hey, people! Menni (and Enni and Genni, later on) here!


*my subconscious, influenced by sixteen years of easter services: He is risen indeed!*

That’s the important part of Easter. For your edification, here are some Bible verses about Christ’s resurrection:

(if you’re bored, stick with me – we will be our usual funny selves after I’m done with the serious stuff)

Now the first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb.  Then she ran and came to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him.”

Peter therefore went out, and the other disciple, and were going to the tomb. So they both ran together, and the other disciple outran Peter and came to the tomb first. And he, stooping down and looking in, saw the linen cloths lying there; yet he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; and he saw the linen cloths lying there, and the handkerchief that had been around His head, not lying with the linen cloths, but folded together in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who came to the tomb first, went in also; and he saw and believed. For as yet they did not know the Scripture, that He must rise again from the dead. Then the disciples went away again to their own homes.

But Mary stood outside by the tomb weeping, and as she wept she stooped down and looked into the tomb. And she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. Then they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?”

She said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.”

Now when she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?”

She, supposing Him to be the gardener, said to Him, “Sir, if You have carried Him away, tell me where You have laid Him, and I will take Him away.”

Jesus said to her, “Mary!”

She turned and said to Him, “Rabboni!” (which is to say, Teacher).

Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’ ”

Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that He had spoken these things to her.
(John 20: 1-18)

And now for your homework you can read Luke 24, Matthew 28, and Mark 16.

CHRIST IS RISEN!!! *He is risen indeed!*

Now, on to the funny part!

Earlier this week, Genni and I had a conversation that went like this:

GENNI: What are we doing for a YWAI Easter post?
MENNI: Ummm… how about if we go on a google doc and each write a bit and then comment on each other’s bits?
GENNI: Sure! Can we have a category for our bits? XD
M: Any suggestions?
G: Uh
G: Give me a sec
G: We did traditions last year
G: So maybe we could do
G: I tried….and failed 😔
M: *starts suggesting random categories*
G: Like a crazy Easter story from the past, favorite part (ONLY ONE), and an odd Easter fact? Sounds great!

So behold! An Easter post!

*we’re all our normal colors by the way*


Hmmm… I don’t really have any…
we usually frost and decorate cookies for Easter, and that leads to some funny incidents. The undecorated cookies are perfectly ordinary things like eggs and bunnies and crosses and ducks (YES ENNI DUCKS); AMAZING. but once they’ve been decorated… well, the death carrots glitter enticingly while a seasick duck tries not to barf and the Fire Bunny and the Ice/Water Bunny battle it out on a platter. I remember that one! Wasn’t it great? 😁 Yep. That’s what happens.
And this year we made an Easter “gingerbread house” (only we used sugar cookie dough instead of gingerbread). Everybody got to decorate one side, and I covered my side entirely with jelly beans like this: jellyhouse
I think it would be cool to do a whole house like that. Maybe next Halloween I’ll ask for one of those Costco-size tubs of jelly beans (honestly, that’s what we usually get), and I’ll just cover my ENTIRE HOUSE with that. Then you’ll invite us all over to eat it!! Totally XD
(the gingerbread house. Not my real actual wood-plaster-whatever-else-they-put-in-houses house. Just to make that clear.) Oh, that’s what I thought so I just assumed that it’d be a heck ton of jellybeans. XD wow Enni XD

Favorite Part:
CHRIST IS RISEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
That’s kind of obvious, though, so I’ll add something else too. Despite Genni’s injunction to ONLY ONE.
(sorry, Genni) (I’ll get you for this…) (bring it on XD)
Anyways, my other favorite part is… WAAAAAH IT’S SO SAD REMEMBERING *sobs*
Ahem. Anyways, our church normally does an Easter Sunrise Service and then a giant breakfast afterwards. That’s my favorite part. I miss it… I miss that too…😢

*googles “odd easter facts”*
Umm… Easter is second only to Halloween in candy-purchasing (and, theoretically, eating).


We don’t really have any Easter traditions and hence I don’t have a lot of stories. However, this morning we DID go see the cherry blossoms at U.W. which were GORGEOUS and felt very Easter-y.

This moped happened to be parked perfectly photogenicly. (Is photogenicly a word? Well, now it is. Spelled “photogenically,” Enni dear.) wow, that’s a lot of photos (gorgeous, though. Like you said.) very much ditto to Menni.

Favorite part:
Uhhh the obvious which Menni already said, but besides that, I love the church services and oh, wait, EASTER MUSIC. It’s definitely a runner up for Christmas music. Ooh yes, EASTER MUSIC

Fun fact:
Americans eat about 1.5 million Peeps, apparently. Personally, I have never eaten one because I feel like a murderer staring into those black, marshmallowy eyes and then EATING THEM.
But they’re so goooood… You could always make your own peeps, and then they would not have eyes and you could EAT THEM! Melted Peeps are THE BEST. Trust me.


oookay, my story probably isn’t the craziest, but it’s close enough. To start off, I get an Easter dress every year and once (maybe four or five years ago?) I had three. The reasons behind this phenomenon were 1) we found a super cute one (white with yellow flowers 😍) but it wasn’t going to arrive in time, so my mom and I went to a thrift store and found another pretty dress (think flowy seashore ombre) *you’re so descriptive XD* *and I mean that in a good way* as a stand-in, but then i also got a third dress as an easter present. Wow. 😳

Favorite part (besides the obvious that has already been mentioned): 
Actually, it’s most likely the decorations. So pretty and colorful 🥰 oooh yes, the decorations!
It’s also awesome if I get to play my violin at church on Easter Sunday (IT’S HAPPENING!!!) woohoo! *claps* 

*copies Menni’s Google search*
Ah! While lamb is a common Easter dish, Ham is most prominent because it would have been cured through the winter and therefore ready to eat in spring. (I love them both 😁) I am not a ham person. As in, very much not a ham person. VERY much not a ham person. 
Have I mentioned that I am not a ham person?

One last thing: here is an Easter picture from the amazingly talented artist GENNI!! (drawn at my request)
GenniEasterBunnnySUCH TALENT 👏👏👏

And that’s that! Hope you enjoyed!

P.S. yes, I’m still using the same featured image as last year. And the year before that. And possibly even the year before THAT… I don’t remember…

The Great Playlist Swap Part 3//Genni’s Playlist

Hello all! Genni here. Hope you’ve been having a wonderful spring, albeit a wet one (at least here 😜). This week is my turn to post a playlist so here it goes! Oh, and for all of you patiently waiting, I SWEAR I HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN ABOUT LOST IN CAMDEN!!!! It’s a very, uh, slow process. I’ve never actually written a story of this depth before, and my life has been swamped by schoolwork. But enough excuses! I hope to have it done between two and three months from now!

Anyway, off to music land!

I am Menni and I will write in this color
And this is Enni who forgot to introduce herself 😁

Monster – Shawn Mendes & Justin Bieber
Like: it talks about how Celebrities are all held up to ridiculously high standards and any mistake will be exaggerated and talked about for a very long time. Both of these artists were introduced to this at a young age, so it’s a perfect song for them.
Lyric: but what if I, what if I trip? And what if I, what if I fall? Then am I the monster? Just let me know.
Why I like it: same reasons as Genni #mindtwins
Favorite Lyrics: also same as Genni XD
Why I like it: I like the sort of dark, urban vibe it has and Shawn Mendes has a very pretty voice. 😛 so true…😁
Favorite Lyrics: same as Genni and Menni hehe

Ghost – Alan Walker and au/ra
Like: I wouldn’t call this a necessarily dark song, but it kinda is. I’m not sure what exactly I like about it. 🤷🏼‍♀️
Also, I would recommend all of Alan Walker’s music except for Ignite. It’s just slightly inappropriate.
Lyric: I’m just scared that I’ll end up/ I’ll end up, I’ll end up alone
Why I like it: ooh, this is a really beautiful song! Kinda techno-pop-y, but also kinda dark, but the music is SO PRETTY… I bet you like it because it would be an awesome song to dance to 😁 it’s surprisingly hard to, but still awesomely fun to 😉
Favorite Lyrics: “I say I’ll do better, but I always seem to disappear again”
Why I like it: This song gives me a similar energy to Monster. I definitely agree with everything that Menni said. 😛
Favorite Lyrics: And it haunts me that I have to be this way

Renegades – X Ambassadors
Like: It’s super catchy and ridiculously fun to dance to! It’s also not one of those songs with an amazing tune and THE WORST lyrics. I hate those ’cause then they get stuck in my head…😒
Lyrics: Go Forth and Have No Fear
Why I like it: another ditto to Genni XD (though it’s too fast for me to love to dance to it) Also, the skateboarder in their lyric video is impressive
Favorite Lyrics: same as Genni #stillmindtwins (Lyrics Most Likely to Get Stuck in My Head: “and I said hey, hey, hey, hey…”)
Why I like it: Oooooh I like this. It feels like skateboarding down the street in the summer–or maybe I’m just looking at the album cover, heh.
Favorite Lyrics: Run away-ay with me/Lost souls in revelry

Cardigan – Taylor Swift
Like: it’s all Enni’s fault I got into TS over the summer. 🤣 the music video for this is beautiful.
Lyric: and when I felt like I was an old cardigan under someone’s bed, you put me on and said I was your favorite. (I think that’s everyone’s favorite….XDD)
Why I like it: …yeah, Taylor Swift will never be my favorite, sorry… but I agree that the music video is BEAUTIFUL!
Favorite Lyrics: uh, yes, Genni, that’s probably everyone’s favorite XDD
Why I like it: Ahhhhh it’s so prettyyyyy and I love the symbolism and meaning in the lyrics–Taylor Swift has  knack for metaphors 😛
Favorite Lyrics: IT IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR ME TO PICK. THEY’RE ALL SO BEAUTIFUL. But I love “when you are young they assume you know nothing” ooh yeah, forgot about that one 😁 and “you drew stars around my scars but now they’re bleeding”

Outsiders – au/ra
Like: I love how this song is about not letting others control your life, even if that means being an outcast. I’m all for anything like that (except for when it turns into ‘believe in yourself’ ‘follow your heart’ etc.) And I would recommend all of Au/Ra’s music. Idea is my least favorite, but it’s not a bad song.
Lyric: We might be the outsiders/But the in-crowd is so out right now
Why I like it: I agree with Genni (again XD).
Favorite Lyrics: ooh, tough decision… “our smiles are real, we don’t fake them”
Why I like it: I’ll start out with saying that au/ra has a really pretty voice.I agree with Menni that it gets the message across without being super cheesy. Her music definitely has an atmospheric vibe.
Favorite Lyrics: We don’t need good reputations

Wake Me Up – Avicii
Like: I don’t knooooow…. This poor song…
Lyric: Feeling my way through the darkness/Guided by a beating heart/I can’t tell where the journey will end/But I know where to start
Why I like it: WHY IS THE MUSIC SO HAPPY WHEN THE LYRICS ARE SO SAD (but somehow it works…) shocking, right?
Favorite Lyrics: ditto to Genni again
Why I like it: Oh, I remember watching the music video for this a long time ago out of context and being so confused. XD It gives me folksy, upbeat vibes and it’s very catchy.
Favorite Lyrics: I try carrying the weight of the world but I only have two hands

Don’t let me down – the Chainsmokers
Like: I have noooo idea. Is that acceptable?
Lyrics: uhhh, this looks really bad for this song, but none in particular. 😜
Why I like it: where have I heard this song before????? ARGH *ahem* I like it because it’s catchy but the lyrics aren’t bad
Favorite Lyrics “ooh, I think I’m losing my mind now, yeah” (because I CANNOT remember where I’ve heard this song before but I know I know it!!!)
Why I like it: All of Genni’s songs deffffffinitely have a similar energy. (Not that that’s a bad thing, of course 😉 ). It’s kind of too electronic-y for me (I don’t really listen to DJ music) but it’s still catchy.
Favorite Lyrics: Uhhhh no idea

Sunday Best – Surfaces
Like: it’s kind of a funny song. Apparently it took twenty minutes to write…🤣
Lyrics: feeling blessed, never stressed
Why I like it: I feel like if a bunch of “Precious Moments” figurines made a band this is what would happen XD (and now I have a hilariously weird mental image of a Precious Moments band…)
Favorite Lyrics: ditto to Genni
Why I like it: Why are the lyrics so peppy but his delivery so dry XD. To be honest, this isn’t a favorite. 😛 I’m not a huge fan of his voice. If it helps, I don’t like this as much as I used to 😂 it got old really fast
Favorite Lyrics: Gotta give your feet some gravity to keep them grounded

Stuck With U – Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber
Like: it’s a cute song inspired by Quarantine. 🥰😜
Lyric: none in particular
Why I like it: Ditto to Genni. I’m going to be dittoing Genni a lot XDD (and “dittoing” is totally a word now) oh totally XD
Favorite Lyrics: …ditto to Genni again… 😜
Why I like it: I normally don’t listen to Ariana Grande (or Justin Bieber, actually) gasp! How dare you! (I kid, I kid…), but I gotta say her voice is incredible. I love how chill it is and I can definitely see myself listening to this outside of this post. XD
Favorite Lyrics: So lock the door and throw out the key

Can’t Stop The Feeling – Justin Timberlake
Like: what’s not to like? Catchy, fun, happy…
Lyric: got that hit song in my feet
Why I like it: ditto to Genni (I warned you XD) also the official music video is awesome yes it totally is!!!
Favorite Lyrics: “we’re flying up, no ceiling when we in our zone”
Why I like it: Ah, this is a fantastic song. Hype songs like this normally aren’t my favorites–I just like dancing and screaming the lyrics. XD
Favorite Lyrics: I always heard “got that hit song in my feet” as “got that good soul in my feet”…somehow the former makes way more sense. Just imagggiiiiiiineeeeeeeeeEEEEEEE.

Shake it Off – Taylor Swift (very mild language just to warn you)
Like: it shows the outside doesn’t prove the inside and you can’t let people bother you about that.
Lyric: I’m dancing on my own, I’ll make the moves up as I go. (Cause it’s literally what I do. 😂)
Why I like it: GAH I’ve heard this one before too!! But WHERE?? Maybe just on the radio??
Favorite Lyrics: “mm-mm, that’s what they don’t know, mm-mm”
Why I like it: Menni, I think everyone human in existence has heard this song. XD Except for at least ten people I could name 😂 This is a great jam and normally songs like this annoy me if overplayed, but I must have heard this a million times and I still love dancing to it. 😛
Favorite Lyrics: Ahhhh I don’t know 

Instrumentals: volume 1 – The Gray Havens
Like: While this is technically an album, I wanted to add it because this is my perfect school music. I have a hard time with lyrics and school, so I love these instrumentals. I’m also a huge GH fan so…😋 The funny thing is three songs are already instrumental in original form, but are labeled as “_____ Instrumental” in this album XD
Lyric: uhhhh I-n-s-t-r-u-m-e-n-t-a-l???
Why I like it: I don’t like it, I LOVE it!! XD this is my favorite album to listen to while exercising now
Favorite Lyric: …like Genni said…
Why I like it: Oooh, this IS amazing for studying!
Favorite Lyric: Yup

Sign of the Times – Harry Styles
Like: it has a very different feel to a lot of other music I listen to. It’s slower and more relaxed.
Lyric: why are we always stuck and running from the bullets?
Why I like it: WHY DO I KEEP RECOGNIZING THESE SONGS probably because they’re ‘popular’ 😜 this particular one was used by that really good skater (uh, Nina?)  for her routine last year. Ahhh now I remember
Favorite Lyrics: ditto to Genni yet again
Why I like it: I first heard this song through a cover, actually. 😛 the Sabrina Carpenter one?  It’s sort of sad (not sort of, definitely) but sort of comforting as well. Also, I love his voice and the piano. I feel like this and epiphany should be in the same playlist.
Favorite Lyrics: We never learn/We’ve been here before & We don’t talk enough, we should open up/Before it’s all too much

Be Kind – Marshmello
Like: I go through “artist obsession” stages and Marshmello was definitely one of them. 😜 I tend to lean towards upbeat music most of the time which was probably why I liked this song so much.
Lyric: none in particular (again 🙄)
Why I like it: I am getting such Sophitz vibes with this song XDD (you know how sometimes a song just makes you think of some fictional character? Like, Faded by Alan Walker is so very Sophie, and Impossible by Shontelle oh, those are good ones…  would be a perfect Alvar/Biana duet… maybe I should’ve said “some KOTLC character” XD)
Favorite Lyrics: “tell me why you gotta be so out of your mi-i-i-ind”
Why I like it: First of all, Halsey’s voice always sounds so flawless. It’s very upbeat and I like the message; it seems like somebody reassuring somebody else that they can trust them after a bad relationship.
Favorite Lyrics: I know it’s hard for you, but it’s not fair/Going sick in the head, tryna get you there 

Stay Happy – au/ra
Like: this is literally (and kind of sadly) my 2020 theme song.
Lyric: none in particular, which is odd considering how much I like this song 🤷🏼‍♀️
Why I like it: …this is now my 2020 theme song too…
Favorite Lyrics: “we hate to think about all the good times that we missed out on”
I’m stealing that…
Why I like it: The beat gives me lo-fi vibes. Also, the lyrics that Menni chose literally perfectly describe quarantine. 😛 It’s a bit too slow and sad for me, but I definitely appreciate the artistry.
Favorite Lyrics: My mirror says, “I don’t know you”, I say, “I don’t know me too” 

Epiphany – Taylor Swift
Like: this was another obsession song (that I shamefully forgot about until Enni reminded me 🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️) I just love how it’s so simple, but heartfelt at the same time. I can relate to this song a little bit, for mostly private reasons, but I will say I’ve lost several important people in my life and that’s always hard.
Lyric: And some things you just can’t speak about.
Why I like it: …I want to hug somebody (preferably you 😜)…  SOCIAL DISTANCING, MENNI!!!! But, yeah, me too…😊😩
Favorite Lyrics: it would be ditto to Genni, but I’ve said that too often so “with you i serve, with you i fall down”
Why I like it: It’s so ethereal–the synth and layered vocal have a really soothing effect and of course, the lyrics are always wonderful.
Favorite Lyrics: Someone’s mother, someone’s daughter/Holds your hand through plastic now (or this is just the lyric that makes me cry the hardest?)
probably both and me too… me three…

And that’s it for today, folks! Have a wonderful week!


Enni’s Playlist//The Great Playlist Swap Pt. 2

Hello, everyone! Welcome to the second part of the playlist swap! Today, we’ll be looking at my songs and Menni and Genni’s reactions. Comment down below what your opinions are too. 😉

My taste in music is pretty different from Menni’s (since I only have a few musicals :P) and somewhat similar to Genni’s given the Taylor Swift content. 😉 Anyways, I loved doing this and please check out the first part right here.

  1. Writer in the Dark – Lorde

Why I like it: THE CHORUS IS SO GOOD. It’s sung with so much passion which makes it so gorgeous. 

I am Menni and I will write in this color

Why I like it: uhhh… well, I agree that the chorus is really good, but I can’t get over her grating voice 😛 sorry. *surprisingly, I’m more okay with it now that it’s been stuck in my head for days XD* Wow, normally the opposite happens. XD I know, right???

Favorite lyrics: same as Enni’s


Genni is me name and here we go!

Like: okay, I actually LOvE this song! It was only the other day I was singing it around the house 😜

Lyrics: same as M/E (me?)

  1. Buzzcut Season – Lorde

Why I like it: The lyrics pretty much flow like poetry. I love the longing this song has too.

Favorite lyric: I remember when your head caught flame/It kissed your scalp and caressed your brain & We ride the bus with our knees pulled in

Why I like it: I like it a lot better than the previous one but it’s tough to say why… probably because it’s (what’s the word I’m looking for) boppier? (totally a word)

Favorite lyrics: “And nothing’s wrong when nothing’s true”

I swear I read that “biscuit season”(🤣) at least three times… I absolutely love the background to this song! It’s so pretty!

Lyric: “So now we live beside the pool where everything is good”

  1. Be Calm – fun. 

Why I like it: I know this song from that one time my brother and I stayed up until 2am watching music videos and he introduced me to fun.. This song will probably put you off at first because it’s kind of bizarre but I love it because of that. 😛

Favorite lyric: Oh why, Oh why/Oh why haven’t you been there for me?

Why I like it: …wow… this was quite a song… I like the way the music is so connected to the lyrics

Favorite lyrics: “Take it from me I’ve been there a thousand times”

Like: for whatever reason, I like songs that start out almost Classical and then switch (sometimes drastically).

Lyric: “I’ve reclaimed the use of my imagination/For better or for worse I’ve yet to find.”

  1. At Last, The King – The Gray Havens

Why I like it: The melodies are just so pretty, you know? It’s relaxing to listen to. 

Favorite lyric: I will fall/But not to you

Why I like it: Yeah, this is a really pretty song 

Favorite lyrics: “In the quiet, in the dead of night, ‘glory, glory,’ sang the angels in the highest”

Like: I have this song memorized…😂 (along with nearly every other Gray Havens song in history XD)

Lyric: Same as Enni

  1. Sleep on the Floor – The Lumineers

Why I like it: This song is so soothing to me. I love the vibe it has and the depth portrayed. 

Favorite lyric: How do you pay the rent/Is it your parents

Why I like it: I don’t. (Sorry not sorry) The music is great, but… well, maybe I’ve been scarred by the music video, but the message behind this song is AWFUL

Favorite lyrics: Uhhh none?

Like: Sorry, not my favorite… I agree with Menni…

Favorite lyrics: Same as Menni 😂

  1. Cornelia Street – Taylor Swift (live)

Why I like it: The reason I chose the live version is because Taylor sings it with so much more passion and ahhhh. I love how personal it feels which is a big thing I look for in songs.

Favorite lyric: I’m so terrified of if you ever walk away 

Why I like it: Ok, Enni, I agree on the passion but still WHY THE LIVE VERSION??? (I have never been fond of live-version songs. They rank somewhere between audiobooks and movie subtitles in the Range of My Personal Preference.)

Favorite Lyrics: “That’s the kind of heartbreak time could never mend”

Like: I completely blame Enni for my previous TS obsession XD and I agree with Menni on the Live version thing (but I LOVE her other examples XD)

Lyric: We were a fresh page on the desk/filling in the blanks as we go

Okay, okay, you guys can just listen to the regular version. XD

  1. Hey, Soul Sister – Train

Why I like it: I have a lot of nostalgia from listening to this with my brother. 😛 It’s just a great pick me up and such a sweet 2000s bop. 

Favorite lyric: I knew I wouldn’t forget you/And so I went and let you blow my mind

Why I like it: Awww, it IS such a sweet 2000s bop! This is probably my favorite out of your songs so far, Enni XD (though you have some other really good ones)

Favorite Lyrics: Same as Enni’s

Like: WHERE THE HECK HAVE I HEARD THIS BEFORE?!?!? I love it, btw. 🥰

Lyric: Same as M/E 

  1. The Red Vineyard – Starry

Why I like it: Starry the musical is so good in general – it’s beautifully written. This song has so much hope and yearning in it that I love.

Favorite lyric: Hold on, Vincent/You’ve carried me more than you’ll ever know

Why I like it: Ditto to Enni 

Favorite Lyrics: “A life spent learning to walk, finally learning to run”

Like: I’m not well versed in musicals, but this was sweet 😊. Also, is this music about Vincent Van Gogh? Random guess… XD yes it is

Lyric: Same as Menni

  1. Young and Beautiful – Lana Del Rey

Why I like it: The vocals are hauntinggggggg. I love the lyrics and it’s a sweet song — it feels like something two people would sing to each other. 

Favorite lyric: “I know you will, I know you will”

Why I like it: Wow, the music is really dramatic. I do like it though. (oddly, it sounds to me as though it should be part of a movie soundtrack XD)

Favorite lyrics: “Will you still love me when I’ve got nothing but my aching soul?”

Like: I like haunting/creepy music 😈 this ain’t creepy, but it sure is haunting…

Lyric: Will you still love me when I’m no longer beautiful?

  1. Epic I – Hadestown

Why I like it: Hadestown is probably one of my top favorite musicals of all time I love it ahhh. It’s so exquisitely written and the music really feels like it’s out of another world. I picked this song because I love the melody and REEVE CARNEY’S VOICE.

Favorite lyric: La la la la la la la la (XD)

Why I like it: Ooh, I love Hadestown!!! 

Favorite lyrics: Same as Enni XD

Like: What’s Hadestown? XD what cracks me up about musicals is the singing conversations 🤣

Lyric: I’ll just go with everyone else… (that’s not a lyric, it’s a comment 😆)

  1. Call It What You Want – Taylor Swift

Why I like it: I love the themes of having to work past your reputation to focus on love and how personal it is. Also, it has an incredibly calming effect and atmospheric vibe. (Also I love the lyric video XD)

Favorite lyric: Trust him like a brother, yeah you know I did one thing right/Starry eyes sparking up my darkest night

Why I like it: Normally I’m not a huge Taylor Swift fan, but I actually like this song! The music’s great and like Enni said the themes are good

Favorite lyrics: “I brought a knife to a gun fight” (because it makes me think of that Indian Jones scene XDDDD)

Like: Wow, Menni. We need to get you into more TS… right Enni?

Lyric: They took the crown, but it’s alright

  1. Shadows of the Dawn – The Gray Havens

Why I like it: This song is filled with so much hope that really hits me. 

Favorite lyric: I’ll shine as bright as the sun/And these roads that I’ve run, will be wise

Why I like it: I like Gray Havens in general, and this is one of my favorites because I love how the music gets gradually faster and more complicated but slows down again for a gentle end. (does that make any sense?)

Favorite lyrics: “Its grace went through me like a sword and came out like a song”

Like: It’s Gray Havens. Need I say more?

Lyric: Same as Menni

  1. Carry On – fun.

Why I like it: Ahhhhh I love this song. It’s such a pick me up and really expresses a feeling of yearning. I like how the lyrics aren’t cheesy stuff like “never give up and believe yourself ✨✨!”

Favorite lyric: Whoa, my head is on fire, but my legs are fine/After all, they are mine

Why I like it: Oooh, this is a fun song. I agree with everything Enni said XD (and I think I must be getting a sense of which songs have “Enni” vibes, because this one totally does)

Favorite Lyrics: “We are not shining stars/This I know, I never said we are”

Like: It really is an ‘Enni Song…’ 😁

Lyric: Same as Enni

  1. Drink With Me – Les Mis

Why I like it: This is my favorite song from Les Mis because the melodies are just so lovely and the amount of emotion they manage to convey. Also Marius is a diva.

Favorite lyric: Will the world remember you when you fall/Could it be your death means nothing at all

Why I like it: It took me FOREVER to find the right version of this song (I listen to the International Cast) *ahem* anyways, I love Les Mis, so naturally I love this song XD The whole musical is just so genius and full of emotion and forgiveness and awesome music. (And also Enni’s right, Marius is a diva XD)

Favorite lyrics: ditto to Enni

Like: From what I’ve gathered, Les Mis is really good. Don’t know what it’s about, but…XD child you must listen to it, it’s beyond great yes, my queen.

Lyric: Ditto to y’all 😋

  1. New Year’s Day – Taylor Swift

Why I like it: This one reminds me a lot of Cornelia Street with the themes of commitment. I love, again, how it’s so personal and how it talks about staying with another person through it all.

Favorite lyric: Don’t read the last page/But I stay when you’re lost, and I’m scared, and  you’re turning away

Why I like it: Hm… I didn’t DISlike it… I agree with Enni about the themes, but the music is just “eh” (sorry, Enni XD)

Favorite lyrics: “Please don’t ever become a stranger whose laugh I could recognize anywhere”

Like: It’s so relaxing…..😴😴😴

Lyric: Same as Menni

  1. marjorie – Taylor Swift 

Why I like it: Ahhhh I had so much trouble picking the last song. It was between it’s time to go, mirrorball, and this one. (So you should listen to those two too :P) I’ve literally changed this three times. XD I ultimately picked marjorie because I feel the lyrics are something everyone can relate to. It really hits personally — I think we all have that person we wished we treated better. Also! This song is about her grandmother who died which I think is so sweet. ❤

Favorite lyric: Never be so kind, you forget to be clever/Never be so clever, you forget to be kind

Why I like it: Awww, that is such a sweet and relatable song

Favorite lyrics: Ditto to Enni 

(I think it’s kinda funny that you wanted to put on ‘it’s time to go’ when what you loved about ‘new year’s day’ was the themes of commitment XD)

Like: I legit cried the first time I heard this song…😢😢😢 That grandmother also inspired her career, which is super sweet.

Lyric: What died didn’t stay dead/ you’re alive in my head

They actually used her grandmother’s old recorded vocals in the background of the last chorus! Really??? Wow, I never noticed that… now I love this song even more 😄

Phew, that’s it with that! I hope that you enjoyed reading that and please-let us know if you’ve heard any of these songs/will listen to them and what you think! Make sure to check next week for the final installment: Genni’s post. 😉 

The Great Playlist Swap!!

Hey, people! Menni here. And with me in spirit are Enni and Genni!!! *applause*

Genni’s Spirit: Thank ye, thank ye… *bows clumsily and falls over*
Enni’s Spirit: XD
Me: okay, on to the post!

So, each of us made a fifteen-ish song playlist (surprisingly, no songs were repeated!), and wrote down (typed up, really *why is it write down but type up???*) *ahem* and typed up why we liked the song and what our favorite lyric was. Then we listened to each other’s playlists and wrote down why we liked/favorite lyric of each other’s songs!!! It was actually quite fun.

I’m literally listening to a compilation of the three playlists on shuffle right now XD

This’ll be a three-post series (one for each playlist), we will each write the post for our own playlist, and I have made the executive decision that we’ll start with mine! Are you excited yet? Oh good. Here we go!

(we wrote all this out on a Google Doc beforehand)

(also, I’m gonna link each song’s title to a YouTube video of the RIGHT version)

Playlist Swap – Menni’s Playlist

Most of what I listen to are musicals (though I do listen to other stuff), so to make this playlist a manageable size I’ll stick to musicals. And I’ll only do one song from each show. This is gonna be hard. Here we go!

*these are not in any particular order*

First Steps First — Bandstand

Why I like it: hmmm… well, I like the whole musical… I honestly couldn’t say why I picked this as my one song for Bandstand. Probably because “Right This Way” seemed too dramatic.
Favorite Lyrics: “Starting is daunting, true, trusting in something new…”

This is Enni!
Why I like it: I LOVE the swingy vibe to it! It’s a lot of fun, but I don’t think it’d be a favorite.
Favorite lyric: Same as Menni

I am Genni and I hereby claim this color.
Why I like it: okay, this was HILARIOUS! I really like musical soundtracks that have that interluding conversations. 😁
Favorite lyrics: anything from said conversation XD

What Is This Feeling — Wicked

Why I like it: it’s funny and catchy and really fun to sing.
Favorite Lyrics: sheesh that doesn’t really work with this song… “There’s a strange exhilaration in such total detestation. It’s so pure, so strong!”

Why I like it: To be honest, I’ve kinda heard Wicked too many times by now. 😛 BUT this is a super fun song to sing –it’s just not I’d listen to regularly.
Favorite lyric: “For your face” “Your voice!” “YOUR CLOTHING!” 

Why I like it: mostly ditto to Menni 😜
Favorite lyric: ”for you see my roommate is unusually and exceedingly peculiar and altogether impossible to describe.”
Ooh, that should’ve been MY favorite lyric XD

Learn To Do It — Anastasia

Why I like it: it’s funny and catchy and really fun to sing XD
Favorite Lyrics: ANYA: I feel a little foolish… am I floating? DIMITRI: Like a sinking boat.

Why I like it: I like Anastasia but this isn’t a favorite for me–personally, I find the chorus off but I can see why you’d like it. 😛
Favorite lyric: Same as Menni XD

Why I like it: 1. It reminds me (in a weird, offhanded way) of The False Prince 2. It’s slightly confusing cause I don’t know the story 😆 Still Funny, though!
Favorite lyric: Same as Enni 😂

Seize the Day — Newsies

Why I like it: the music and lyrics are both really good
Favorite Lyrics: all of them XD “Once we’ve begun, if we stand as one, someday becomes somehow, and a prayer becomes a vow”

Why I like it: Oh, this song is so catchy. 😛 Honestly, I think I’ve listened to Newsies a bit too much too–I had a phase where I listened to it over and over again for a few weeks. But I do love this song.
Favorite lyric: “Proud and defiant, we’ll slay the giant” 

Why I like it: okay, I’ve only ever heard King of New York (which I loved!),but this was super fun too! I like how it started out really (really really really really) slow and then suddenly sped up.
Lyric: “wrongs will be righted if we’re united!”

High Adventure — Aladdin

Why I like it: it’s funny and catchy and really fun to sing (I think I’m seeing a pattern here…)
Favorite Lyrics: “Weapons?! Oh, geez. Couldn’t we just send a, uh, strongly worded letter?”
I wrote a parody of this one… XD

Why I like it: Oh, this is fun. XD It’s an exciting song though it runs long for me.
Favorite lyric: “Danger to danger we go flying” 

Why I like it: okay, I actually loved the live action movie! I’d never seen the animated one, but I’m so in love with the new one! Someone tell me to quit talking about the movie and move on to the song… (and also onto the fact that this is the MUSICAL)
Favorite lyric: same as Menni, but with the added “Seriously?”

It’s Quiet Uptown — Hamilton

Why I like it: the music and lyrics are both really good (yep, definitely a pattern)
Favorite Lyrics: “There are moments that the words don’t reach… there’s a grace too powerful to name…”

*this song is totally clean, Genni, so you should be able to listen to it. It’s okay if you can’t though, just skip it if you have to.*

Why I like it: Wahhh this song makes me want to cry. :,( It’s very sweet and gorgeous.
Favorite lyric: “You hold your child as tight as you can/And push away the unimaginable” 

Sorry, no Hamilton. I’m sure it’s great!
Sorry 😬

Drive — The Lightning Thief

I love this musical! It’s like the total reverse of the Percy Jackson movies. A must listen for all Percy Jackson fans!!
Why I like it: it’s funny and catchy and really fun to sing
Favorite lyrics: “We ain’t got no time for moping When we’re working and we’re coping So pedal to the metal and drive!”

Why I like it: Ahhhh I love this song. It has a campy vibe…which definitely makes sense. I would listen to this on road trips because being chased by monsters is such a pet peeve when we go on those you know? It does feel a bit over-extended.
Favorite lyric: “Stay ahead, stay ahead, and stay aliiiiiiiiiiive” 

Why I like it: Wow, it’s been ages since I read the book… This is definitely my favorite song so far! And I’m 99% certain Menni’s played it for me before. I probably have 😜 
Favorite lyric: the part with the ’chihuahua’ 🤣🤣🤣

Stars — Les Miserables

How do I pick just one???
Why I like it: it’s Les Mis, people, come on
Favorite Lyrics: good grief I don’t know

Why I like it: The passion in this song kills me. It’s so beautiful but also sort of sad considering the rest of Javert’s life.
Favorite lyric: He knows his way in the dark/But mine is the way of the Lord

Why I like it: IT’S SO PRETTY
Favorite lyric: “Stars, in your multitudes, scarce to be counted, filling the darkness with order and light.” 

Song of the King — Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Another great musical XD
Why I like it: this is my favorite stand-alone from Joseph because PHARAOH AS ELVIS??? It’s just hilarious.
Favorite Lyrics: all of them 

Why I like it: FINALLY a musical I’ve listened to!!! It’s really all my fault…XD
The first time I heard this I literally went, “What. The. Heck???”
Favorite lyric:  dunno… Ditto to Menni?

Why I like it: Andrew Lloyd Webber wrote the infamous Cats and apparently the cars equivalent of Cats? So, I had no idea what to expect from this song. XD This song made me laugh out loud. 😛 Honestly, I kinda like it. It’s definitely very Elvis-y.
Favorite Lyrics: Oh gosh, I don’t even know

No One Is Alone — Into the Woods

Why I like it: it’s just such a sweet song
Favorite Lyrics: “You move just a finger, say the slightest word; something’s bound to linger, be heard”

Why I like it: The lyrics remind me of You Will Be Found. It has a relaxing melody and I really enjoyed listening to it, but I probably wouldn’t pick it on my own. 😛 The harmonies, though, are beautifulllll.
Favorite lyric: Mother cannot guide you

Why I like it: is this a Hansel and Gretel musical? Random guess… I love how there’s a song called Careful My Toe 😜😜. And I think I’ve heard the finale before…
Favorite lyric: same as Menni
Wait, Johnny Depp was in the movie version??? I had no idea!!
Apparently he’s the Wolf… ooh, I bet he was good…
That’s what I say!

Seasons of Love — Rent

DO NOT LISTEN TO THIS MUSICAL, THIS IS LITERALLY THE ONLY GOOD SONG IN IT *ok, I’ve never listened to it myself, but I have this on good authority*
Rent is a very *ahem* adult musical, and not even a very good one from what I’ve heard, but the opening song is AMAZING
Why I like it: it’s just a great song.
Favorite Lyrics: “How do you measure, measure a year? In daylights, in sunsets, In midnights, in cups of coffee, In inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife, In five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes…”

Why I like it: This is definitely a great song objectively and I loved it the first time I heard, but then I heard it about 100 times more which sort of messed it up for me. Still! It’s a good one.
Favorite Lyric: Same as Menni 😛

Why I like it: is this the musical your mom was “ranting” about? I think mine was too….
Favorite lyric: oh, definitely same as Menni
The one that VillageTheatre did a “Junior” version of? Yep.
Yeah that was weird…

Mamma Mia — Mamma Mia

I’ve never actually listened to the whole musical, but this song is super fun.
Why I like it: it’s really catchy and the music is good
Favorite Lyrics: “Mamma mia, here I go again” 😉 

Why I like it: I’ve only heard the original ABBA song–this one feels a bit more…enthusiastic? XD I can’t imagine Meryl Streep singing this, though–that just makes me want to laugh, hehe.
Favorite lyric: My my, how can I resist ya? 

Why I like it: why does the phrase “Mamma Mia” actually freak me out?!? I don’t get it…
Favorite lyric: I don’t know…

When I Grow Up — Matilda

Why I like it: It’s so cute and hopeful and awwww 😊
Favorite Lyrics: “when I grow up, I will be brave enough to fight the creatures that you need to fight beneath the bed each night to be a grown-up…” 

Why I like it: I meant to listen to all of Matilda but I think I dropped off half-way. But I agree, this song is super sweet and adorable. ^-^ I kind of love it. 😛 (Not kind of, I definitely do.)
Favorite lyric: Yeah, I love Menni’s. 

Like: I just got When I Grow Up by NF stuck in my head… COMPLETELY different… Wait, this is a Roald Dahl?!? AWESOME!! I died laughing…
Lyric: basically anything..XD

You Will Be Found — Dear Evan Hansen

Not my favorite musical ever, but it has some really good songs, this being one of them.
Why I like it: It’s sweet without being sappy and I love the music
Favorite Lyrics: “Even when the dark comes crashing through, when you need a friend to carry you, when you’re broken on the ground, you will be found”

Why I like it: This isn’t my favorite song for DEH mostly because…I…mayhavehearditjustfifteentoomanytimessorry. XD apparently you need to learn when to STOP listening to songs, because you’ve said this a lot… Very true…people will also sing it a lot. XD
Favorite lyric: Yeah I think that’s the only set of lyrics that could be your favorite right XD

Favorite lyric: Dittoing Menni 😁
You probably heard it from Katie *a friend of ours* XD she loves Dear Evan Hansen

Day By Day — Godspell

This musical isn’t bad but it isn’t great either. This song, on the other hand, is great!
Why I like it: because we were listening to “50 great musical numbers” and suddenly I realized that a song was playing whose lyrics went like this:
Favorite Lyrics: “Oh, dear Lord, three things I pray: to see Thee more clearly, love Thee more dearly, follow Thee more nearly, day by day”

Why I like it: I have no idea what the context of this song is but it’s really relaxing! I definitely agree with the retro-ness. I like it a lot!!
Favorite lyric: Same to Genni and Menni. XD

Why I like it: it sounds like a song from the 50s…😂
Favorite lyric: probably ditto to Menni.

All for You — Seussical

I love Seussical.
Why I like it: it’s hilarious. Plus I like Gertrude.
Favorite lyrics: “It’s taken all my courage to approach you, not to mention all my stamina to follow you across the hills and deserts…”

Why I like it: I’ve never actually listened to all of Seussical which…I should probably do. This song makes me smile. 😀 (And laugh.) It’s also pretty catchy.
Favorite lyric: Oooh, I have no idea but I like what Menni picked. 😛

Why I like it:  I literally cracked up while listening to this 🤣🤣🤣
Favorite lyric: same as Menni (for the last time!)

And there you go! Hope you enjoyed!